Segrove’s sentencing postponed |

Segrove’s sentencing postponed

Gregory Crofton

The sentencing of a South Lake Tahoe man, who as part of a plea bargain was found guilty of seven counts related to sexual abuse of a young girl, has been postponed until a psychiatric evaluation is completed.

Charles Segroves, 40, a former employee at Harveys Resort & Casino, could be sentenced to more than 11 years in prison for his crimes. He is also yet to be arraigned on five additional felony charges filed in Nevada that are related to the girl he admitted abusing in California.

Testimony at a preliminary hearing revealed the girl was 11 or 12 years old when the sexual abuse began.

Segroves’ next hearing is scheduled April 30, but because his sentencing had been scheduled to occur March 9, a friend has already written a letter asking the court to be merciful to Segroves.

“I would like to start by saying what Charles did was appalling and morally wrong,” wrote Robert Cosmi, resident of South Lake Tahoe. “I couldn’t believe he would jeopardize what he held so dear, his children and basketball.

“Charles has never had much and now has even less . . . The point I guess I would like to convey is that Charles needs help. Please your honor, Charles is worth saving, please send him somewhere that can give him some help, not just put him in prison to become more lost than he is now.”

Segroves was arrested by South Lake Tahoe police in July. Prosecutors presented nine video tapes and 86 Polaroids depicting sex acts and sexual images as evidence at a preliminary hearing.

The videotapes were discovered by Segroves’ girlfriend, a woman with whom he shared a car. Two detectives then stopped Segroves driving near Stateline after he finished his shift at the casino. Investigators said Segroves allowed them to search his car, which is where detectives found Polaroids as well as a list requiring sex acts of the girl in exchange for money or clothes.

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